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Rutlish School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, governors, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be viewed via the link below.
We aim to always follow safer recruitment practice in checking the suitability of all staff and governors and we work hard to raise awareness of safeguarding and child protection issues amongst staff, as well as equipping our students with the life skills needed to keep them safe.
Sometimes we need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a student’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns are discussed with parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the student’s welfare.
We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism and we ask visitors and volunteers to also abide by the school’s equality commitment. There must be no statements which might cause offence to others, or otherwise undermine tolerance of other faiths or beliefs: and there must be no extremism material.
All visitors and volunteers will be asked to wear an identification badge which must remain visible at all times.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Ms H Ford, Deputy Headteacher
Designated Safeguarding Deputy: Mrs D Wildman, Head of Inclusion
Named Safeguarding Governor: Mr Graham Mills
The DfE has launched a new campaign: “Together, we can tackle child abuse” to remind everyone of the need to share concerns they might have about children and young people. The campaign highlights one single weblink to access all local authority’s reporting webpage or phone number: gov.uk/report-child-abuse
A set of useful resources has been published by the DfE, including an infographic which can be downloaded here:
Parents Protect! – Resources, publications, posters and other awareness raising material that will help prevent child sexual abuse
Hampshire Police: Alice’s Diary – A resource for highlighting Child Sexual Exploitation.